10 Ways in Which You Can Waste Your
Time Being a Christian:
1. Allow yourself to be bitter against someone who has
Bitterness will destroy your spiritual life and take others down with you
2. Use your time, your money, and your resources only for
yourself and your needs.
In other words, live life for yourself (and your immediate family) rather
than for others.
3. Spend little to no time with the Lord in solitude –
just you and Him alone.
Fill your life with all sorts of other activities. Stay busy.
4. Neglect reading the Scriptures.
They reveal Christ and contain God’s life (John 5:39; 6:63; 2 Timothy 3:16).
They are food for your spirit. To neglect them is to starve your spirit.
5. Defame others or misrepresent them or their work (especially
Don’t go to them directly if you have a concern or problem and ask them for
clarity. (And if you do go to them, don’t listen to what they have to say.) Be
not deceived: To speak ill about or misrepresent another follower of Jesus is
to speak ill about or misrepresent Jesus Himself. And He doesn’t take it kindly
(Matthew 25:40; Acts 9:1-4; Titus 3:2).
6. Rarely (or never) read books with spiritual depth
...or listen to Christ-centered messages by other servants of God. Forget
the contribution of the body of Christ, past and present. Throw out spiritual
education. Live under the delusion that all you need is the Holy Spirit and
your Bible. (If you want to tune-up in this area, I recommend all the books in
the “Spiritual Growth” shelf on this list.)
7. Have no fellowship or relationship with other
Live as a solo Christian. Use the excuse that you can’t find any other
Christians who love Jesus like you do.
8. Let envy and jealousy take hold of your heart and
drive your actions.
Envy and jealousy is often the root behind slander. Incidentally, countless
Christians don’t know what slander looks like and fail to recognize it when
it’s right in front of them. So be sure to read this article so you know how to recognize it. Engaging in or
listening to slander proves toxic to your spiritual life.
9. Never learn from your mistakes nor take
responsibility for them.
Blame others instead. And never apologize to the people you’ve wronged.
10. Waste every crisis that comes into your life.
A crisis is a difficult and unwelcome opportunity to discover Jesus Christ
in a new way. Don’t look for the hand of God behind the crisis and submit to
it. Forget James and Peter who both said, “Humble yourself under God’s mighty
hand, and He will exalt you.” (1 Peter 5:7; James 4:10) Blame
The above is in no particular order. And many other points can be added to
the list. But each of these is a sure-fire way to hamper your growth in Christ
and waste your time being a follower of Jesus.
In addition, I’d give this list to all new Christians as elements to begin
focusing their lives upon (only I’d reword them to make them positives).
If you had to pick 2 or 3 on this list as the most important, which ones
would you select and why?
FRANK VIOLA is a popular conference
speaker and the best-selling author of numerous books on the deeper Christian
life, including "Revise Us Again," "From Eternity to Here,"
"Epic Jesus," and "Jesus Manifesto" (co-authored with
Leonard Sweet). His blog, "Beyond Evangelical," is rated as one of
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We can all stop using such violent
imagery to describe what women face.
Rachel Held Evans, guest blogger
“She’s never worked a day in her life.”
“At least I don’t just drop my kids off at daycare.”
“She’s one of those annoying Attachment Parenting moms.”
“She’s one of those annoying Babywise moms.”
“No kids? And that’s on purpose?”
“I’ll be praying that God brings a man into your life soon.”
Let’s face it. We’ve all been on the giving and
receiving end of jabs like these. Most of us just don’t have tens of thousands
of twitter followers and a national TV audience to catch us in the act.
Though Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen has twice apologized to Ann Romney for saying that the
stay-at-home mother of five boys had “never worked a day in her life,” her
remarks have triggered yet another round of women-at-war stories as reporters,
pundits, and bloggers continue to tout the importance of women voters in the
While strategists from the Left have been using the “war on women” narrative
surrounding the birth control debate to rally women to their cause, strategists
from the Right are hoping this latest spar in the so-called “mommy wars” will
draw sympathetic moms to the Romney family and the Republican party.
Frankly, I’m tired of both sides using violent imagery to describe the
difficult decisions that I, and my sisters, make every day, and I’m tired of
seeing those decisions reduced to bumper sticker ideologies that can be
exploited for political gain. Read
the whole story here…..
Brother Yun will be returning to San Diego on Friday, April 20th at 7:00 pm - hosted by the Abiding Place.
Brother Yun has preached the gospel of Jesus throughout China.
At the age of 17 he gave his life to Jesus Christ. The first year he
was saved he won over 3,000 people to Jesus. He has been arrested over
30 times for preaching the gospel. He has spent more than 3,700 days in
prison in which he was tortured daily.
The book "The Heavenly Man" is the true story of his life in
China, it is a modern day book of Acts. Mark your calenders.You don't
want to miss this event.